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How To Avoid Camera Shake

Posted by Leigh Diprose

When you find yourself in a scenario with no tripod and not much light around, Murphy's Law says that you're bound to come across a moment that you'll want to photograph. In this case it makes sense to know how to photograph in low light situations and one of the things that can make a big difference in the resulting photo comes down to the way you hold the camera. 

So what is the best way to hold your X-Series camera?

Firstly you want to make sure that you're holding the camera correctly. Like in the picture below, your right hand should securely hold the cameras body. Your fore finger should be positioned on the shutter button while the thumb rests toward the rear of the camera. With your thumb you should be able to navigate the buttons on the back of the right hand side of the LCD Screen.

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Now that you've got your right hand positioned correctly move your left hand to the bottom of the lens where the lens meets the camera body. Your left hand should sit underneath the lens with your palm facing up or towards you as this will allow you to move the focus ring and aperture ring. 

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Other than holding the camera correctly, there are a few other things worth mentioning that you can do to help minimize camera shake. The first is to hold the camera to your eye instead of looking at the rear LCD screen. By doing this you'll eliminate the vibrations caused by holding something at arms length.

Lastly, one of the best tips I can give to photographers is to control their breathing. Before you press the shutter button try taking long breaths in and out. When you exhale press the shutter button as this will eliminate any small vibrations and movement caused by breathing. It's best to use this technique when using a longer telephoto lens.

Of course it's worth mentioning that using a tripod is recommended, however in quite a few situations this might be impractical.

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If you find yourself in this situation often, it's worth investing in a optically stablised lens as this will be the best option to minimize camera shake.

The following Fujinon lenses all have Optical Image Stablisation and are a great choice for photographing in almost any lighting situation.

XF10-24mm F4 R OIS

XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS

XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR

XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II

XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS 

If you haven't used one of these lenses before, head into your local X-Series Stockist and have a play to see the Optical Image Stabliser in action. Otherwise, if you're coming to Melbourne for the upcoming Digital Show all of the lenses will be on display on the Fujifilm X Series stand so you can test drive them there.

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